Tue. Feb 25th, 2020

Mirai botnet creators work with FBI to avoid imprisonment

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The US Department of Justice issued a press release announcing that three men who created the Mirai botnet, Paras Jha, Josiah White, and Dalton Norman, avoided prison sentences by providing substantial assistance to the FBI in other complex cybercrime investigations. The three men admitted the crime at the end of 2017.

Image: By FBI [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Mirai malware exploits known vulnerabilities in networked devices to invade and control devices and then launches an impressive amount of DDoS. In 2016, many well-known websites and web services were briefly taken offline.

Paras Jha, a computer science student at Rutgers University, was identified by security investigator Brian Krebs by tracking the traces of his network. Paras Jha used the pseudonym Anna Senpai to open up Mirai’s code to prevent the Jair or its accomplices-controlled computer from being discovered after the Mirai code was found.

The US Department of Justice said the three were sentenced to a five-year suspended sentence, 2,500 hours of community service and a fine of $127,000.